Side project #1: Intarsia map

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Blog entry by BJODay posted 12-07-2013 02:36 AM 1380 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I came to a point where I was stuck on my table project. While pondering a solution to my current problem, I thought I would fill in the down time with something small.

I once saw an intarsia map. It was pretty cool looking. I thought that would be fun to do. So I started making a map of Wisconsin, with each county a separate piece of wood. My original idea was to use local woods. Red oak, maple and willow in the south. White pine, red pine and birch in the north. I abandoned this plan and thought it would look better, (and be easier), to vary the woods county to county.

The whole thing will be about 16” square. Right now I’m planning on mounting it on an undersized piece of hardboard, cut to the shape of the state. This may not work out. It may be better to mount it on a square piece of board. I could then paint the background black and frame it conventionally.

This is a small enough project that I can pack away and pull out easily.

It’s not a fancy scroll saw. Yes I really need the cheaters and the work light.

I’m always learning something. I have learned that scroll work is fun. I also realize that the scroll enthusiasts on this site are very skilled. I’m not, nor will I ever be up to “Scroll Girls” abilities. I’m not trying to knock myself out. I’ll keep it simple and try not to be too sloppy.

I’ll post more as the project progresses.


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